Andrew Kennis is an international journalist, a higher education
pedagogue and an academic researcher specializing in Global Media,
Political Communication, Digital Journalism Studies, Political Economy
and International Communications.
Dr. Kennis was recently appointed as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), where he will teach several courses, including a graduate seminar analyzing the news media and the drug war. He recently completed his third year as an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas, El Paso (UTEP), where he undertook research on and taught courses in journalism studies and practice, global media and the drug war. While publishing peer-reviewed, scholarly research and completing grant-funded studies, Dr. Kennis still continues to practice journalism from many corners of the globe.As a researcher, Dr. Kennis has investigated, written and published in peer review journals ranging across three different disciplines (communications, political science and technology studies), including several single-author publications, as well as co-authored works. He is also involved with several book-length projects, one of which he recently proposed to leading University and trade-press publications. He has won top conference paper awards and presented his work in both the United States and abroad (London, Tokyo, Vancouver and Mexico City).
University-level courses Dr. Kennis has designed and taught have included "Investigative and Public Affairs Reporting," "Multimedia Writing," "Digital Media and Globalization," “Global Media, Money and Power," "Media and the Drug War," "Media and Democracy," “Politics and the Media,” and a number of other classes and materials in political science and society & technology studies.
As a journalist, Dr. Kennis has practiced
online-based / convergence reporting, investigative and print reporting,
citizen journalism, and online-based and traditional radio throughout
the last fifteen years. He has practiced professional
journalism from locations based in four continents and over twenty
countries across the globe, including on-the-scene reporting from the El
Paso / Ciudad Juarez border corridor, Brazil, Colombia, Israel and the
Occupied Territories, Japan, Venezuela, Taiwan, Guatemala, Quebec and
Dr. Kennis has served as the border correspondent for teleSUR's English division and published in a variety of news sources, including The Christian Science Monitor, Al Jazeera English, Proceso (Mexico), Time Out, emeequis (Mexico) and many other outlets ranging from daily newspapers and newsweeklies to monthly periodicals based both in the States and abroad. His work has garnered him interviews on both live national television (RT) and national public radio (NPR).
Before arriving at UTEP, Dr. Kennis had taught at Northwestern University, the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, Cal State University and at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Dr. Kennis received his doctoral degree from the
Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois,
Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). His dissertation posited a critical model of
global news analysis entitled, "The Media Dependence Model: An analysis
of the performance and structure of U.S. & Global News."
Internationally renown scholars, such as Noam Chomsky and John Nerone,
comprised his dissertation committee.